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Credentials and Evaluation

ADDITIONAL WAYS TO EARN CREDIT

SBCTC Statewide Equivalency Agreements

Edmonds College honors the most current equivalency agreements and policies established by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. This includes, but is not limited to, Dual Credit Programs (Running State, CTE, College in the High School, and select programs/exams).

The following is an overview of Edmonds College’s acceptance and award of coursework completed elsewhere (transfer credit), experiential learning, exams, and other select methods. This information works alongside the college’s Academic Catalog.

Transferring Credits from Other Colleges

Currently enrolled or previously enrolled students who wish to transfer credits earned from other colleges must:

  • Submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services at least one full quarter prior to submitting a graduation application, and
  • Request the evaluation of your transcripts at least one full quarter prior to submitting graduation applications by completing the Transcript Evaluation Request form.

More information about the process and forms can be found on the Transcript Evaluation and Transcript FAQ webpages.

Edmonds College accepts coursework from colleges and universities accredited by the following regional institutional accrediting organizations:

  • MSA: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education
  • NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • NCA-HLC: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
  • NCA-CASI: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
  • NEASC-CIHE: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • NEASC-CTCI: New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  • SACS: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • WASC-ACSCU: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Some coursework may not be accepted, and students who change their educational goals must have their transcripts reevaluated.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate in Applied Science-T Degrees

Credits transfer to Edmonds College if:

  • Degree credits are already earned;
  • Credits have received accreditation by regional associations of schools and colleges;
  • Credits are approved by national institutional accrediting associations recognized by the AACRAO board of directors (up to 15 credits as general electives);
  • Credit earned at foreign colleges and universities are approved by Credential Evaluators review on an individual basis;
  • Career-related courses are earned at participating schools, except those excluded by the Intercollegiate Relations Commission (up to 15 credits may be accepted as elective credits toward the Associate of Arts degree or the Associate of Science degree); and
  • Religion courses qualify as literature, history, or philosophy.

Associate of General Studies Degree

Credits are accepted if authorized by the chief academic officer.

Associate of Technical Arts Degree and Certificates

Credits are accepted if authorized by the department head, a full-time instructor in the program, or the division dean.

High School Diploma

Credits are accepted if authorized by the program coordinator or division dean.

Edmonds College is on a Quarter System. Colleges/universities that are part of the semester system use a different credit amount and the conversion of semester credits to quarter credit may not be indicated on the equivalency guide provided below. The conversion of credits is done at the time of a student's transcript evaluation at Edmonds.

Example conversion: COURSE XXX : 3 semester credits = 4.5 quarter credits

For students transferring from institutions using semester credits, waivers are authorized for one-quarter credit in the written skills area and a maximum of half-quarter credit in quantitative skills and in each of the distribution areas.

Edmonds College may accept credit for courses and programs evaluated by the American Council on Education, including educational experiences in the armed forces and many business-training programs.

The college also accepts credit earned while a not-yet-accredited institution is in accreditation candidacy status.

If a student has credits from an institution that is outside the parameters listed above, the course challenge process may be an option using the online course challenge system in GATE.

Credit for Prior Learning (PLA, Special Projects, and Course Challenges)

(For more information, see edmonds.edu/priorlearning)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at Edmonds College provides students the opportunity to be awarded college credit for specific courses. The student will be asked to demonstrate prior learning based on the knowledge and skills acquired through work and training.

Knowledge that is current and corresponds to courses taught at our college may be eligible to be assessed for college credit. The level of competence should be comparable to that of students in regular courses, including theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject.

The process is done through the course challenge process. Most departments offer this option; however, not all courses can be challenged. This “course equivalency” model means that if the learning meets the specific outcomes of an approved Edmonds College course, students will have the opportunity to “challenge” the course. Learning that does not meet the outcomes of a specific Edmonds College course but is deemed college level learning in one of the college’s programs is validated through a Special Project that may result in elective credit or be used as a course substitution.

Credits earned through the course challenge or special project process are entered on the student’s transcript the quarter they are earned. These credits count towards the college’s residency requirement and the grade is calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA).

Students who have received training through military or apprenticeship programs should request a transcript evaluation to determine possible credit.

See the PLA website for more information or to complete the electronic course challenge or special project request forms.

Most departments grant credit for prior learning via the course challenge process. Review the Prior Learning Assessment section above for more information.

Course challenge credits earned at another college may be accepted at Edmonds College. The acceptance of such credits toward Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degrees, Associate of General Studies degrees, Associate of Technical Arts degrees, Certificates, or High School Diplomas will be considered by college Evaluators in consultation with academic deans and department heads when necessary.

Many departments offer students the opportunity to earn credits through a special project. An electronic special project request form must be completed and the form and instructions for filling it out can be found at the PLA website. Approval must be given by the appropriate instructor and the division dean. An assessment fee is paid before the project begins. Transcripts reflect special projects as courses numbered 199 or 299 in the quarter the work is completed. These credits do count toward the Edmonds College residency requirement; however, the elective credit(s) may not transfer to other colleges. Students planning to transfer should meet with an advisor to determine whether or not the credit will transfer. Not all departments offer special project contracts.

Credit by Exam Score (AP, IB, and CI)

Edmonds College will award unrestricted elective credit for an Advanced Placement (AP) score of there (3) or higher. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official AP results, not transcript notation. Unless otherwise stated with a local policy, Edmonds College follows the equivalency crosswalk established by the SBCTC. In the case of a discrepancy, Edmonds will defer to the most current information from SBCTC.

Students presenting an AP score of at least three (3) in any subject area will be granted five (5.0) credits of elective credit. Credits granted for specific subject areas are specified in the table below; otherwise, elective credit will be granted. Credits earned for advanced placement will be identified with an ‘L’ grade.

Credits awarded by another institution for Advanced Placement are not automatically accepted. For subject areas not listed below, students should contact the appropriate academic department chair.

Please note that AP scores are subject to re-evaluation at institutions other than Edmonds College, including baccalaureate institutions both inside and outside of Washington state. Students are encouraged to explore how their AP credit may be applied at such institutions if there is an intention to transfer by visiting the institution’s website.

Approved Document by the Instruction Commission, May 17, 2019

Exam Name Minimum Score Required Equivalent Course Total Awarded Credits
AP 2-D Art and Design 3 Humanities Distribution 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP 3-D Art and Design 3 Humanities Distribution 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP Art History 3 ART& 100 5
  4 ART& 100 5
  5 ART& 100 5
AP Biology 3 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 5
  4 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 5
  5 BIOL& 100, BIOL& 160 5
AP Calculus AB 3 MATH& 151 5
  4 MATH& 151 5
  5 MATH& 151 5
AP Calculus BC 3 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 5
  4 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 5
  5 MATH& 151, MATH& 152 5
AP Chemistry 3 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161 5
  4 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161 5
  5 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161, CHEM& 162 10
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3 CHIN& 121 5
  4 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122 5
  5 CHIN& 121, CHIN& 122, and CHIN& 123 10
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3 Elective 5
  4 POLS& 101 5
  5 POLS& 101, POLS& 201 5
AP Computer Science A 3 Elective 5
  4 CS& 141 5
  5 CS& 141 5
AP Computer Science AB 3 Elective 5
  4 Elective 5
  5 Elective 5
AP Drawing 3 Elective 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP English Language and Composition 3 Elective 5
  4 ENGL& 101 5
  5 ENGL& 101 5
AP English Literature and Composition 3 Humanities Distribution 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP Environmental Science 3 ENVS& 100 5
  4 ENVS& 100, ENVS& 101 5
  5 ENVS& 100, ENVS& 101 5
AP European History 3 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 5
  4 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 5
  5 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, HIST& 118 5
AP French Language and Culture 3 FRCH& 121 5
  4 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122 5
  5 FRCH& 121, FRCH& 122, FRCH& 123 10
AP German Language and Culture 3 GERM& 121 5
  4 GERM& 121, GERM& 122 5
  5 GERM& 121, GERM& 122, GERM& 123 10
AP Human Geography 3 GEOG& 200 5
  4 GEOG& 200 5
  5 GEOG& 200 5
AP Italian Language and Culture 3 ITAL& 121, Humanities distribution 5
  4 ITAL& 121, Humanities distribution 5
  5 ITAL& 121, Humanities distribution 10
AP Japanese Language and Culture 3 JAPN& 121 5
  4 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122 5
  5 JAPN& 121, JAPN& 122, JAPN& 123 10
AP Latin (Latin Literature & Culture) 3 Humanities Distribution 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP Latin Literature 3 Humanities Distribution 5
  4 Humanities Distribution 5
  5 Humanities Distribution 5
AP: Latin Virgil 3 Elective, Humanities Elective 5
  4 Elective, Humanities Elective 5
  5 Elective, Humanities Elective 10
AP Macroeconomics 3 ECON& 202 5
  4 ECON& 202 5
  5 ECON& 202 5
AP Microeconomics 3 ECON& 201 5
  4 ECON& 201 5
  5 ECON& 201 5
AP Music Aural Subscore 3 MUSC& 105 5
(No longer offered by College Board) 4 MUSC& 105 5
  5 MUSC& 105 5
AP Music Non-Aural Subscore 3 MUSC& 105 5
(No longer offered by College Board) 4 MUSC& 105 5
  5 MUSC& 105 5
AP Music Theory 3 MUSC& 131 5
  4 MUSC& 131, MUSC& 141 5
  5 MUSC& 131, MUSC& 141 5
AP Physics 1 3 Science Distribution 5
  4 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 134 5
  5 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 134 5
AP Physics 2 3 Science Distribution 5
  4 PHYS& 115, PHYS& 135 5
  5 PHYS& 115, PHYS& 135 5
AP Physics B 3 Science Distribution 5
(No longer offered by College Board) 4 Science Distribution 5
  5 Science Distribution 5
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 Science Distribution 5
  4 PHYS& 223 5
  5 PHYS& 223 5
AP Physics C: Mechanics 3 Science Distribution 5
  4 PHYS& 221 5
  5 PHYS& 221 5
AP Psychology 3 Elective 5
  4 PSYC& 100 5
  5 PSYC& 100 5
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3 SPAN& 121 5
  4 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 5
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 10
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 3 SPAN& 121 5
  4 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122 5
  5 SPAN& 121, SPAN& 122, SPAN& 123 10
AP Statistics 3 MATH& 146 5
  4 MATH& 146 5
  5 MATH& 146 5
AP United States Government and Politics 3 Elective 5
  4 POLS& 202 5
  5 POLS& 202 5
AP United States History 3 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST& 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 5
  4 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST & 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 5
  5 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST& 146, HIST& 147, HIST & 148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, HIST& 159 10
AP World History: Modern 3 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 5
  4 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 5
  5 HIST& 126, HIST& 127, HIST& 128 5

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a demanding two-year curriculum offered in the secondary arena and is recognized by the world’s leading universities. Upon completion of courses and examinations in six subject areas, students forward an IB transcript to the Credentials Evaluations Department. Credit is awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) standard and higher-level examinations with a score of 4 or higher. The following chart denotes how each department has determined appropriate placement.

IB (SL or HL Exam) Score Credits Edmonds College Course
African History 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 Distribution Credit - Social Science or Humanities based on the institutional placement of History discipline
American History 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 HIST& 136, HIST& 137, HIST&146, HIST&147, HIST&148, HIST& 156, HIST& 157, HIST& 158, or HIST& 159
Language A - Arabic A, Chinese A,
French A, Japanese A,
Russian A, Spanish A
4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6 5 Humanities Distribution
Language B - Arabic A, Chinese A,
French A, Japanese A,
Russian A, Spanish A
4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 Humanities Distribution: World Language
  7 10 Humanities Distribution: World Language
Art/Design 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 Humanities Distribution
Biology 4 5 Elective Credit
Biology 5,6,7 5 BIOL& 100 or BIOL& 160
Business & Management 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Chemistry 4 5 Elective Credit
  5 5 CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161
  6,7 5 CHEM& 121, CHEM& 161, or CHEM& 162
Computer Science 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Design Technology 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7    
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 4 5 Elective Credit
East/Southeast Asia and Oceania History 5,6,7 5 Distribution Credit - Social Science or Humanities based on the institutional placement of History discipline
Economics 4 5 Elective Credit
  5 5 ECON& 201
  6,7 10 ECON& 201 and ECON& 202
English A Literature 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 ENGL& 111 or Humanities distribution
English as Literature and Language 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 ENGL& 101
European History 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 HIST& 116, HIST& 117, or HIST& 118
Geography 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 GEOG& 200
Global Politics 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Information Technology in a Global Society 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Mathematics 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6 5 MATH& 142
  7 5 MATH& 151
Further Mathematics 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 Math& 151
Music 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 MUSC& 105
Philosophy 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 PHIL& 101
Physics 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 15 PHYS& 114, PHYS& 115, and PHYS& 116
Psychology 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 PSYC& 100
Social and Cultural Anthropology 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 ANTH& 206
Sports, Exercise and Health Science 4,5,6,7 5 Elective Credit
Theatre 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 DRMA& 101 or Humanities distribution
Visual Arts 4 5 Elective Credit
  5,6,7 5 ART& 100

Edmonds College will grant a minimum elective credit for each Cambridge International Examination for A-level exam with a passing grade or above for approved examinations. Credit will be awarded on the basis of official Cambridge International Examination results, not transcript notation. Duplicate credit for the same subject taken on different exams will not be granted. No grades are posted for A-level exams.

Edmonds College utilizes the CI scores crosswalk established by the SBCTC. You can find the crosswalk document here.

Credit by Other Exams (CLEP and DANTES)

To receive credits by exams, the following rules apply:

Only currently enrolled students receive these credits. No credits are awarded for an examination if the student has already earned credit in a duplicate course.

  • CLEP and DANTES exams will be evaluated by guidelines set by the American Council on Education (ACE). Examination performances are graded as pass or fail and are not computed into the student’s grade point average. Since some two- and four-year colleges and universities do not accept CLEP credit, students should contact the college to which they are transferring for more information.
  • No credits from the CLEP General Examination are applied to the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate of Sciences degree, or the Associate in Applied Science-T degree.
  • Credits earned in the Freshman English Subject Examination are accepted at the discretion of individual academic divisions. Students should contact the appropriate dean before taking the examination.
  • Subject to approval by the chief academic officer, up to 30 credits from the CLEP exam may be applied to any area of the Associate of General Studies Degree.
  • Certain areas of the CLEP exam may be used as elective credit to fulfill requirements for the Associate of Technical Arts degree, including five credits of English Composition, Mathematics, Humanities, and Social Science.

Satisfactory Credits

Credits are accepted as follows:

Program Maximum Credits
Associate of Arts Degree Earn 10 credits maximum for electives only, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of Science Degree Earn three (3) credits maximum for health and physical education requirements only.
Associate in Applied Science-T Degree Earn 30 credits maximum, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of General Studies Degree Earn 30 credits maximum, plus an additional three credits for health and physical education requirements.
Associate of Technical Arts Degree Earn up to one-half of the required credits.
Certificate Credits to be determined by the department head.
High School Diploma Advisors must approve which courses qualify as satisfactory or pass credit.

Variable Credit Course

Students should consult with advisors before registering for variable credit courses. The credits completed may be less than, or equal to, the number of credits for which the student registered. The appropriate department determines how variable credit earned through multiple enrollments is transcripted and how it is applied to graduation requirements. Regardless of the number of credits attempted, the student will receive credit only for the work completed during the quarter for which registration occurred. Refunds and incomplete grades are not given.